Margie Rose Bast Blades 1/20/1935-4/26/2020
Memorial services will be at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 1, 2020, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Howard K. Batson officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.
Survived by son, David and (Kim) Bast of Amarillo; daughter, Susan and (Duane) Statser of Amarillo; son, Randal and (Becky) Bast of Lenoir, North Carolina; grandchildren, Caleb and (Ashleigh) Statser, Sarabeth and (Seth) Davis, Aubree Bast, Benjamin Statser, Jonathon Bast, Katie Bast, Aidan Bast, Isaac Bast, and Rachel Bast; and great-grandchildren, Corbyn Statser and Brooks Davis
Preceded in death by daughter, Karen Bast; brother, Paul Gene Brooks; and parents Paul and Merle Brooks.
Margie Rose Brooks was born to Merrit Paul Brooks and Merle Mae Nelson of Tonkawa, Oklahoma in Ponca City, Oklahoma. She grew up in Tonkawa where she was a campfire girl, attended the Methodist Church, went to movies frequently, lifeguarded, ran around with her brother and the boys in the neighborhood, played the marimba, and graduated as Valedictorian of her class. She attended OU where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Interior Design and was elected into Omicron Nu. She worked with renowned landscape architect Tommy Roberts which gave her great knowledge on landscaping. While at OU she met and married Lowell Bast. They moved to Galveston where he did his residency and they had three of their four children. She worked at a floral shop to help make ends meet. Once his education was completed, they moved to Amarillo where their fourth child was born. They joined St. Paul Methodist Church. She designed the landscaping for the courtyard when the church added on and did all sorts of projects while there such as sewing the children’s choir robes and running receptions for weddings. During this time, she also served as PTA President at Belmar where her children attended, a Webelos Den leader for her son, and a seamstress extraordinaire for her daughters. She always made sure needs were met and often made whatever was needed to accomplish this. She worked for Irvin Wall 30 years. Her friends once dubbed her the garage sale queen for her bi-annual garage sales that they participated in at her house. She later became a member of San Jacinto Baptist Church where she joined the choir. She married Desmond Blades whom she met square dancing which was a favorite pastime for her. They attended both St. Luke Presbyterian and First Baptist Church Amarillo together until his death. Once she no longer had a square dance partner, she took up line dancing at the Amarillo Senior Citizens Association where at one point she served as president of the group. She absolutely loved it and continued dancing even after her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s all the way until the last 6 months of her life. She served at FBC in the choir and the library ministry. She had the gift of hospitality and had a passion for having people over. There were numerous gatherings at her home for studies as well as get-togethers. She loved to travel and took many trips both with friends and on missions. Her love of music prompted her to hold season tickets for the Amarillo Symphony and Amarillo Little Theater which she enjoyed attending with friends. She was a member of Chapter B PEO and Phi Beta Kappa. Margie had a contagious smile and she never met a stranger or hesitated to share her faith with anyone who would listen. She touched many lives.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Alzheimer’s Association at ALZ.org